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10 Toilet Tips and Tricks for Caravanning and Camping

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Lets talk toilets!

Before sitting down to read please bring your sense of humor and a strong stomach. You are free to stop reading now.

If you're sitting on the throne as you read please remember to wipe your hands and your phone when done πŸ˜‰Β 

Our Toilet

We find if we use the toilet as normal it can last about 3-4 days before needing to be emptied. This depends on how much fluid and solids we put in there. More importantly how much water we flush with. We can make it last a lot longer with some of the tips below.

Our toilet has a 17.5 litre tank. We have been using SCA portable toilet chemical from Super-cheap Auto, this works well for us.

 

10 Toilet Tips and Tricks

1. Instead of flushing every time, we use a spray bottle. Mixing water and Thetford Aqua Rinse. After having a pee you can just spray and walk away. Saving water and saving your toilet getting fuller quicker.

caravan toilet chemical

 

2. If you are a bad shot when taking a No.2 and you don't get a hole in one, use toilet paper. Find were your drop zone usually is then put a couple of pieces of paper as an airstrip. That way when you flush it will be like a bobsleigh. sliding down using less water and less cleaning.

Alternatively you could use a toilet liners such as "happy bowl liners".

 

 

3. Parking up for a while and not moving? your toilet chemical might not be working so well. Jiggle the cassette a bit to break it down a little. This gives you a little bit more room and spreads the chemical around.

4. Nature calling? go outside. Both sexes of course can find a spot away from the camp to have a pee. Needless to say, take your tissue away or dig a hole and burn it so animals do not dig it up. Don't go to far away from the camp at night.

Don't stray to far from the camp

5. Don't want to or can't squat in the great outdoors you might want to try a female spout/funnel. Guy's you have your own!

You can both also use a unisex urinal.Β 

 

6. If the spout/funnel is something you might use but don’t have access to one. Or you still don’t want to go outside were there are lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Make your own. A bottle and a funnel and vwa'-la'. Dispose of respectfully.

 

7. Cleaning the inside of your toilet. To save water I use baby wipes with a couple of drops of tea tree oil. I don't wipe over the seal and I put them in the bin. β€œDo Not” flush wipes!They block dump point.

wet wipes for toilet with tea tree oil

8. Emptying your toilet. Make sure you press the round orange release button. This allows air to enter and the contents to flow out much easier.

caravan toilet - yellow button

9. Cleaning your hands. Have some wet wipes in a plastic container. The container will help stop them drying out. Add some tea tree oil or other antibacterial oil to help clean hands. You can also apply hand sanitiser.

10. Lubricate your ring. The ring seal on toilet needs to be lubricated. We use rubber grease this helps stop leaking and the flap jamming.Β 

rubber grease

 

These tips are not for everyone as everyone is different. If you are out bush for a while with lack of water or facilities they may help.

 

Our dirty jobs

On an added note, Larry and myself have both had jobs dealing with bodily fluids before. Larry dealing with a sewage treatment plant and I as an assistant nurse. We are both happy to empty the toilet. OK, happy might not be the right word πŸ˜€

 

Toilet humor

While writing this I have remembered a few different toilets we have sat on. Allow me to share our crappy photos from around the world.

Alcatraz prison toilet

America – Alcatraz

New Zealand – Wanaka Puzzle world

Australia - Dunnydoo Caravan Park- NSW

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    • Jeanette
    • August 13, 2017

    Toilet…….thanks for advice and good laugh. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜

    Caravan tips…….. noted.

      • Sue
      • August 13, 2017

      I’m glad it got a good laugh form you tho Jeanette πŸ˜€ ….. I was wondering how it would be taken.

    • Valarie
    • August 13, 2017

    Very good and well written we’ve tried a few different chemicals since running out of our regular one that was great, will definitely try the one from Super cheap next, most of the other things you mention I already do, though didn’t know about lubricating the ring, thanks for that. Hope to run into you guys real soon, you are heading north we are heading south on the west coast πŸ˜€

      • Sue
      • August 13, 2017

      Thanks for that Valarie πŸ™‚
      We have tried a few ourselves. After buying the 1 Ltr to see if we liked it we then got the 5 Ltr for about $40. We just top up the small one when needed. You can buy lubricant specifically for cassette toilets but we chose to use this one.
      We will be between Carnarvon and Coral Bay for a while yet. Let us know when you are down this way. Would love to catch up on your travels πŸ™‚

    • Alan
    • August 15, 2017

    I stayed @ Minilya camp for 2 nights, toilets, bins & camp fires. Telstra phone & data good. Roadhouse across the way for $4 shower, fuel and breakfast.

  1. You should consider a SOG exhaust fan for your cassette toilet! Then you don’t need chemicals and can safely empty it into pit toilets and septic tanks;

    • Robyn
    • August 20, 2017

    The first time i emptied our cassette the flap fell off and of course it landed in the waste pipe of the dump point. So glad the pipe had a right angle bend only 10 cm down so i didnt have to dive for it. I now keep disposable gloves and antiseptic wipes in the box where the cassette lives.

      • Sue
      • August 20, 2017

      Hi Robyn
      I had to giggle, I can just imagine the look you must have had on your face as the flap fell down the hole. So glad you didn’t have to dive to far and that you got it back.
      Thanks for the tip on disposable gloves and keeping these items in with the cassette, great idea πŸ™‚

    • Joy
    • August 20, 2017

    I live FT on the road & have tried several products & found they all had a down side. Then I ran out & couldn’t replenish for a while. After a couple of empties (I too restrict flushes), I found loo didn’t smell, all waste broke down quickly just the same, & there wasn’t the cost of chemicals. That was two yrs ago. I have since found blue blocks in Aldi, that are suitable for septics, they just clean & freshen the bowl, without the mega expense.
    There are so many things out there that we’ve been conned into believing we need/must have. So many cost a lot, take up space, are not necessary (like food-quality hosing that still gets algae growing in it).

      • Sue
      • August 20, 2017

      Thanks for your comment Joy, nice to hear what other do.
      Next time we pass an Aldi I will take a look at those blue blocks you mention.
      I think at the end of the day we learn as we go. Take a bit of advice form everyone and filter out what works for us.
      Happy full-timing Joy πŸ˜€

    • Deb
    • August 21, 2017

    You are a brave woman to tackle this subject. Love your sense of humour “outside were there are lions and tigers and bears, oh my”……for example! I know I know this from some nursery ryhme many moons ago. It gave me a good chuckle. I bought one of those male/female wee pots from ebay which my husband was appalled about. But guess who uses it the most?
    Anyway, I’m Deb and I am glad to meet you.

      • Sue
      • August 21, 2017

      Hi Deb,
      Isn’t it funny how something we all do can be hard to talk about. After working in the nursing industry I probably find it easier then most to talk about it.
      I have seen more people recently buying those urinal bottles. Great that both sexes can use them as well πŸ™‚ Love that you have converted your husband lol. I have added your idea to our post πŸ˜‰
      So glad you got a chuckle form the post πŸ˜€
      Happy Travels

  2. Hi Sue. As relative newbies to having the luxury of a chemical loo in a van I found this really interesting and enjoyed a chuckle too. Where do you get your seal lubricant? Nothing I have read has said where to buy them and we haven’t found any in shops. I’m enjoying your blog after reading about it in Caravan and Motorhome magazine.

      • Sue
      • September 27, 2017

      Hi Janice,
      We use one from an auto accessory place. You can buy Thetford Toilet Seal Lubricant if you prefer the real thing. Most caravan places sell Thetford products so may sell it.
      Happy Camping πŸ™‚

    • steve
    • June 3, 2018

    love everyones coments about sitting down after a good meal and contemplating your next move on the throne ,my wife and i have had vans in the past with a portaloo but now we are about to purchase one with a shower and toilet combo .
    i have done a lot of reading on the web site about what chemical to use in the loo and checked prices. I think that the manufactures of the said chemicals should keep their prices more affordable for us grey nomads who are watching there dollar and trying to live the dream and do the right thing by the inviroment

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